DURHAM, North Carolina - Sophomore Maddy Kline paced UNCW with a career-high 17 kills, but the Seahawks were unable to upend Duke as the Blue Devils fended off a Seahawk upset, winning in five sets (16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22, 15-7), on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils improved to 6-4 with the non-conference win while the Seahawks saw their seven-game winning streak halted and dipped to 9-2.
"I'm proud of the fight and intensity that our players displayed today," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Only a handful of miss opportunities determined our fate. I'm happy we made Duke earn every bit of their victory. Our serving and blocking were strong all match and we will need that to continue tomorrow against NC State."
Joining Kline in double-digit kills was Nicole Lott with 13 while Kristen Powell added eight. Sydney Brock had six kills and set a career-high with 10 blocks. Sydney Alvis matched her career high with 21 digs.
Jessi Bartholomew's 16 kills led four Blue Devils in double figures with Leah Meyer adding 15 and Jamie Stivers and Jordan Tucker chipping in 12 apiece.
How it happened: Duke finished with 21 more kills than UNCW and out-hit the Seahawks, .171-.145.
Notes: Nicole Lott became the eighth Seahawk to surpass the 1,000 career kill mark ... Duke was now won all five meetings between the two programs ... Kline posted her third career double-double with 13 digs while Lott (13k/14d) and Desjardins (25a/11d) also fashioned double-doubles.
Up next: The Seahawks close out their non-conference schedule with a 2 p.m. start at NC State on Sunday.